Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Nga Rua Tui (Two Tui Birds) Platter

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  • Medium: kauri, whalebone, pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 1.5 × 14 × 14 inches
  • Reference Code: KT40606

Collaborative piece with Todd Couper carving the surface wood detail. Tui is a black and white bird native to Aotearoa.

Kerry Kapua Thompson

Kerry Kapua Thompson

Māori

Ngāti Paoa

(1967- )

Kerry has been carving for twenty-two years in many materials and is possibly the leading artist working in bone. Although he attended a diploma course in Māori design at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua and learned from Hepi Maxwell, Rex Christianson and other artists working in the same materials, his style of carving and two-tone staining process are uniquely his own.